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Spaying of Bitches

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Q. Should I have my bitch spayed?

A. No one wants too many and unwanted pups to be born. However, spaying represents a serious mutilation and should be carried out only after much thought. It is rarely impossible to manage an entire female dog, given detailed planning, a healthy diet and knowledge of the hazards involved. These should be discussed with your veterinary surgeon. Spaying can become necessary for some medical reasons and may be necessary under certain domestic circumstances. Of course, when seeking veterinary advice, one trusts that the vet concerned will not be affected by the potential for financial gain in performing the spaying surgery.

Q. Will spaying affect my dog?

A. In all but extremely rare cases, spaying removes the influence of female hormones in the body. This can produce benefits, in that the dog will be less subject to the emotional and behavioural ups and downs that hormonal changes can bring. It also means that the dog will be less prone to hormonal problems. However, spaying may also have a negative effect on body tone, hair quality, personality, fat distribution and tendency to put on weight in certain individuals. It can also give rise to urinary incontinence (enuresis – urine leakage) in a significant proportion of cases. In a proportion of these, homeopathy can help with the problem.

Q. Is it safe?

A. No surgery or anaesthesia is 100% safe. Potential complications that may occur during the procedure should be discussed with your vet.

Q. Can my bitch have an injection or tablets to control the hormone cycle, instead of surgery?

A. We never advocate the use of injectable or oral hormones to control the breeding cycle in bitches. There are too many well-documented and well-known and potentially serious health complications that can arise from this practice.

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